Master Class

Mise-en-scene: From Idea to Film

19th December 2019 to 12th January 2020

25 days fulltime (with Christmas and New year day break)

Course Type

Master Class Series – with

  • Sudipto Acharyya (Direction and Screen Writing)
  • Shanti Bhushan (Cinematography)
  • Amitabh Chakravarty (Editing)
  • Madhu Apsara/Vipin Bhati (Sound Design)

Course Overview

Mise-en-Scene is central to the art of Cinema. It begins with the moment a Director starts toying with an idea. From there on, it evolves with a series of directorial decisions to visualise the idea as a screenplay and then to actualize it as a film. This Mise-en-Scene workshop will expose the participants to the various intricate thought processes, elements of craft, necessary conditions of cinematic art form and hands-on practice in Writing-Directing-Cinematography-Editing-Sound Design. Each of these areas will be tutored by ace film makers who are also renowned film academicians.

A ‘Mise-en-scene’ is naturally anchored in a space and determined by a central theme. This Mise-en-Scene workshop will be anchored in the exciting multi-dimensional space of Auroville; and determined by a central theme ‘Time Travel’.

The participants will learn the fundamentals of direction, storytelling and screenwriting; and apply them in writing their short film scripts. A script will be collaboratively worked out for production; the production will be based in Auroville, thus rendering it an interesting Auroville dimension.

The production will be a part of the cinematography master class; followed by an editing and then sound post production master class – thus we will have a final short film ready through a series of master classes.

The short film will be screened on 12th January 2020 as a part of closing ceremony of the 6th Auroville Film Festival. The participants will have access to the festival – during the evenings after class hours (from 7th to 12th January 2020).

Deliverables of the workshop

i. Short film scripts to be written by each participant (mentored by the faculty)
ii. Mise-en-scene productions (participants will observe and assist in groups the Masters of Direction, Cinematography, Editing and Sound Design. Thus a workshop film will be produced with the participants.
iii. Additional to the master-production, the participants will have an orientation of the art and craft with the masters and practical sessions on screen writing, cinematography, editing and sound design.


-Cinema Paradiso, Town Hall, Auroville
-Auroville Timelines, 1st Floor, Archives Building, Near AVFoundation, Auroville -Aurofilm, Kalabhumi, Auroville

Total No. of Seats

24. Additionally 3 seats reserved for Volunteers.

Participant Profile

Age: 18+
Nationality: Indians, Foreign Nationals who are Aurovilians, Newcomers, Volunteers & Registered Guests at Auroville.

Course Fees

Rs 42000/- per participant (inclusive of all taxes)
Additional hostel fee of Rs. 8000/- per participant – in case the participant wants to avail hostel facility in Auroville. Hostel will be on twin sharing basis including breakfast (for 28 days).

Mode of Payment

Fees may be paid via online transfer to :
Account Name : AV ART SERVICE
Account Number : 37357794312
IFS Code : SBIN0003160
MICR Code : 605002007
After payment, the transaction i.d generated must be filled up in application form linked below.
Admission will be confirmed via email within 4 days of receiving application form and verifying the online payment of fees.
Applications with incomplete or incorrect details will be rejected.

Cancellation terms

In case of cancellation of admission by the applicant after receiving confirmation of participation, no refund will be possible. In case the application is rejected by AVFI or the course itself is cancelled, full refund will be facilitated.

Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected in first –come- first – served basis. Those having prior orientation / experience in film making, also, those having attended Film Appreciation and Basic Film Orientation Courses in Auroville will be given preference.


Screenwriting & Direction: Prof. Sudipto Acharyya

Sudipto Acharyya has studied cinema at FTII, Pune, with specialization in Direction and Screenplay Writing; and Masters in Film Studies from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sudipto has a long engagement with teaching Cinema in various institutions like Film and Television Institute Of India – Pune, Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute – Kolkata, Roop Kala Kendro, Kolkata Film & Television Institute and Centre for Film & Television – Allahabad University. He is currently a Senior Faculty at Whistling Woods International – Mumbai. He has presented academic papers on cinema at film schools like Lithuania Music and Theatre Academy – Vilnius, Dodge College of Film and Media Arts – Chapman University, Witwatersrand University – Johannesburg and Bilgi University – Istanbul. He is part of an Artistic Research project involving BRICS nation that looks at social interstices with the help of cinematic practices. He has directed several short films & one feature length film for television and other institutions. His film ‘Harbour Line’ and ‘Weekend Chill’ has traveled widely to national and international festivals.

Cinematography: Shanti Bhushan Roy

Mr Shanti Bhushan Roy is a respected Indian Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Educator and Motion Picture Consultant. A former software engineer, He is an alumnus of prestigious Film and Television Institute of India-Pune. He has more than a decade of experience in Film, Television, Documentary and Digital Audio Visual medium. He has worked on almost a dozen of Fiction Feature Films, equal number of Non Fiction Films and Television programs along with programs for National and International Television Channels and TV commercials. His wide range of filmography includes fiction films like Oscar shortlisted Ballad of Rustom, Wedding Anniversary, Shuttlecock Boys & Humne Gandhi Ko Maar Diya but also Non Fiction films like Rubaru Roshni, Partners Crime etc. He has worked on the milestone TV program “Satyamev Jayate” hosted by megastar Mr Aamir Khan. He has also shot documentaries for many International foundations like Bill & Melida Gates Foundation, UNDP & Godrej Foundation. Also have worked on many TV commercials & TV programs like 24 Season 2, Incredible India etc for many National and International Television Channels. He is amongst very few Filmmakers in India to be exploring the VR, 3D-360, AR. His, Crackle’ happens to be India’s first horror VR film which has been screened widely across the various VR International festivals. Since 2011 he has been working with young students of various government and private institutions like Symbiosis International University & Mumbai University. His work has been appreciated by many film critics as poetic & evocative and got featured in film and trade magazines.

Editing : Amitabha Chakravarty

Amitabha Chakravarty is an ace editor and a National Award Winning Film Maker. He is an alumnus of FTII, Pune who is respected for his Art-house cult films like Kaal Abhirati, Bishar Blues and Cosmic Sex which has been critically acclaimed in India as well as other countries. He has been on jury of several internationally reputed film festivals. Amitabha has also conducted classes and workshops in the prime film schools of the country over more than two decades. He has been a revered mentor for several generations of film students.

Sound Design :Madhu Apsara

Madhu Apsara is one of the most prominent sound designers in the industry. He has a long and highly impressive list of films to his credit starting from Hawa Hawai where he worked as On Location Sound Recording to the recently acclaimed Andhadhun where he worked as Sound Designer. The Dhoom Series, Ab Tak Chappan, Ek Hasina Thi, Hazaron Khwaishen Aise… are few of his many notable works. He is a Filmfare and National award winner. Not only an ace industry professional, he is an inspiring and much loved teacher. Currently he is teaching Sound in Film and Television Institute of India.

Medium of Instruction: English


All participants will be given participation certificate on successful completion of the course. Minimum 90% attendance is mandatory.


We have standard, clean and centrally located accommodation available at Mitra Youth Hostel @8000/- for the full course tenure (28 days) including breakfast on twin sharing basis. We can reserve accommodation upon request after selection of applicant and confirmation of participation. Alternatively, there are a range of guest house options available in Auroville. The participants may book their own accommodation in Auroville via Auroville Guest House Service.
For guest house bookings refer to: for guest house bookings.
For mobility within Auroville, we recommend the participants rent bicycle / moped / 2-wheeler. Rent starts from Rs. 50 to Rs.200 /- a day.
 Please visit for orientation and additional information on Auroville.


For queries, if any, please write to Mrs. Richa Hushing on / / +919969879319


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